Friday, July 22, 2016

Tesla’s vision for the future includes big rigs, buses

Tesla’s vision for the automotive future now includes commercial vehicles.

Elon Musk, the company’s co-founder and CEO, outlined the plan on July 20 in his most recent blog titled, “Master Plan, Part Deux.”

“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electrical vehicles needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport,” he said. “Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”

However, Musk offers no specific details about the Tesla semi.

Other parts of the second phase of the plan include:
  • Integrating energy generation and storage
  • Increasing the development of autonomous vehicles
  • Creating the ability to share vehicles 

Much of the plan comes off as a work of science fiction, and it will be interesting to see how many of the ideas work in the real world.

In May, there was a fatality crash involving one of Tesla’s Model S self-driving cars. Regardless, Musk says autonomous vehicles will drastically improve safety.